Smelly and unsightly fungal toenail infections are caused by microscopic fungi that thrive in the warm, wet conditions that frequently exist in your footwear. Since the same fungi that cause athlete’s foot problems also cause fungal toenail infections the two conditions often complement each other not a good way!
Symptoms of a fungal toenail infection include altered shape, brittleness, excessive thickness, strange coloration and a sometimes horrible smell that is caused by the rapidly reproducing fungi.
When an infection has reached this point, you should enlist the services of your foot doctor to ensure the most painless and proper treatment. This may involve laser therapy and the complete removal of the nail to treat the underlying fungal infection. After the fungus is gone, a new nail will grow in over a period of many months.
To prevent toenail fungus from getting started in the first place practice the following tips:
- Proper toenail cutting technique is paramount—Cut your toenails straight across or only on a slight curve to help prevent ingrown toenails which often lead to fungal toenails.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Fungi can only thrive in warm, wet, and dirty conditions. Wash your feet at least once a day and keep them dry, especially between the toes where infections like to start.
- Protect your feet—Public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers are hotbeds for bacterial and fungal organisms. Protect your feet by wearing shower shoes or sandals to minimize contact with the little critters and prevent infection.
If you are experiencing a difficult fungal toenail infection, seeing your podiatrist is the best way to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.